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Miss Kelsey Marchand
Art Teacher
Second Year at Holy Trinity Catholic School
 
Education: 
B.A. Art Education - Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, 2018

 Art and Education Experience:  

2016 - 2017 - Visual Arts Intern, Kansas City Young Audiences

2017 - Present - Teaching Artist, Kansas City Young Audiences

2019 - Boys and Girls Club Summer Development Specialist

Philosophy of Art Education

      Standing before a painting, a person goes through a sensory experience that results in the viewer asking, “what is this?” In a basic sense, the answer is simple, it is a painting. It is a flat surface layered with pigment resulting in a recognizable image or design. The uninterested eye usually ends the encounter at that point. However, anyone who knows the overwhelming physical and emotional experience that comes with creating and spending time viewing art knows that there are things far more profound at play. The art room is where we develop the interested eye through meaningful creative experiences. 

      Artwork communicates in a way that transcends all language barriers. It evokes passion, wonder, inspiration, reflection, and even challenges or frustrates viewers who take the time to encounter it. Art does not discriminate; all are welcome. What makes art particularly interesting, though, is that it bursts with humanity. Behind that pigment covered surface is a human being who through divine or natural inspiration decided that something they thought, felt, or experienced was so important that it needed to be communicated in a visual manner. Why else would someone take the time to create? Inside every viewer is a complete and unique mind. That mind takes in everything it sees, and it draws upon individual experiences, beliefs, values, and understandings of beauty and the human form. Art moves humans. It promotes learning through time and patience. It demands your whole self, coupled with an open mind. It represents people, places, things. It lives, breathes, and unites.

     The ideas and processes that go into creating and viewing a work of art parallel strongly to traditional education. A school should be the ultimate combination of both studio and gallery. It should be a place to study, engage, learn, reflect, and create. It must be deeply rooted in the human person, and require community and exposure to the diverse world around it. Students and teachers should be taking on the interchangeable roles of artist and viewer, constantly learning from one another. Art education enables students to think and make judgements, while also realizing that there is often more than one answer or solution. The art room must be a place where students can come as they are and be encouraged, challenged, and supported with the ultimate goal of fostering growth and a sincere desire for the good of one's neighbor. 

Our Mission: "Holy Trinity Catholic School is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical development of all students; Empowering them to cultivate positive relationships, think critically, and become disciples for the Catholic Church and the world."
 
Passions & Interests:
  • Family
  • Art History 
  • Printmaking
  • Reading
  • Swimming
  • Faith
Favorite Scripture: The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12)
 
Email: kmarchand@htslenexa.org